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F/Lt. R. W. Oxspring - 66 Squadron

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Robert Wardlow Oxspring was born in Sheffield on 22nd May 1919, the son of a World War 1 decorated pilot of the same name. He joined the RAF in March 1938 on a short service commission and joined 66 Sqn in the December and started operational flying in July 1940, flying throughout the Battle of Britain. His Spitfire X4170 was shot down by Bf109s over Kent on 25th October, baling out with slight injuries (Caterpillar Club Badge). He was awarded the DFC on 8th November. September 1942 saw him awarded a bar to the DFC. Moving to Mediterranean combat, it is thought probable that Oxspring was the pilot who shot down renowned German ace Anton Haffner of JG51 on 2 January 1943. Oxspring led his squadron to be the highest scoring in the North African theatre, and survived his second shooting down of the war, Oxspring was awarded a second bar to his DFC in February 1943. During the war Squadron Leader Oxspring had registered 13 solo kills with 2 shared, 2 probable kills and 4 solo V-1 Flying Bombs destroys and 1 shared. In 1946 he was awarded the Dutch Vligerkruis by Royal Decree of the 31st October 1946 appearing in the London Gazette on 10th January 1947. He was awarded an AFC in January 1949 after leading a team of 54 Sqn Vampires to Canada and the USA, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic. He retired from the service with the rank of Group Captain, having been Station Commander of RAF Gatow, Germany, in 1968 and settled in Lincolnshire near to RAF Cranwell. He died on 8th August 1989.


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 Bobby Oxspring in his 66 Squadron Spitfire destroys an ME109 of JF/53 Ace of Spades Group, in a high level attack at 30,000 feet above Dover, 18th September 1940. Angels Three Zero by Robert TaylorClick For DetailsDHM2084
Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)


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The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1As of No.610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAAF, intercept incoming Heinkel 111H-16s of the 9th Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 53 Legion Condor during the big daylight raids on London of August and September 1940 - the climax of the Battle of Britain.  Spitfire N3029 (DW-K) was shot down by a Bf109 on the 5th of September 1940 and crash-landed near Gravesend, Kent, thankfully without injury to Sgt Willcocks, the pilot.  For the record, N3029 was rebuilt and, following some brief flying in the UK, was sent overseas by convoy to the Middle East.  Ironically, the ship carrying this aircraft was torpedoed en route and both ship and all its cargo were lost.

Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Posted to 64 Squadron on 1st July 1940, </a>the tragically short relationship of Sub Lt F Dawson Paul with the Spitfire was crammed with victories.  He immediately shared a Dornier Do17 off Beachy Head and, just four days later claimed a Messerschmitt Bf.109.  Further kills were confirmed over the next two weeks, among them five Bf.110s and another Do.17. His final victory was a Bf.109 on 25th, but on this day he fell to the guns of the German ace Adolf Galland.  Dawson Paul was rescued from the English Channel by a German E-boat, but died of his wounds five days later as a prisoner of war.

The Longest July by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk.1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain.  Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Vf109E-3 (Red 12) . The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 26th August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
26August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O G. E. Moberley of 616 Squadron, was Killed.
26August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O F. K. Webster of 610 Squadron, was Killed.
26August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. B. Baker of 264 Squadron, was Killed.
26August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. M. Ridley of 616 Squadron, was Killed.
26August1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. W. Maxwell of 264 Squadron, was Killed.
26August1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, F/O R. L. Edwards of 1 RCAF, was Killed.
26August1940Feldwebel Alfons Bacher of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Feldwebel Georg Lehmann of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Feldwebel Hans Ehlers of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Feldwebel Hans John of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Feldwebel Karl Rüttger of JG 52 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Feldwebel Richard Heller of ZG 26 shot down a
26August1940Feldwebel Richard Heller of ZG 26 shot down a
26August1940German looses today were 46 destroyers with a further 7 probables. Made up of 20 ME109, plus maybe a further 5 ME109s 3ME110 plus one brought down by AA. And maybe a further 3 ME110's nine DO17, 5 HE111, 1 HE49 and 7 DO215
26August1940Hauptmann Dietrich Hrabak of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Hauptmann Erich von Selle of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Hauptmann Günther Lützow of JG 3 shot down a Defiant
26August1940Hauptmann Günther Lützow of JG 3 shot down a Defiant
26August1940Hauptmann Hans-Karl Mayer of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Hauptmann Hans-Karl Mayer of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Hauptmann Horst Liensberger of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Hauptmann Wolfgang Lippert of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Alfred Zeis of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Erich Hohagen of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Erwin Biedermann of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Eugen Troha of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Gottfried Schlitzer of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Hans Kolbow of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Hans Kolbow of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Horst Buddenhagen of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Kuno-Adalbert Konopka of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Leutnant Ludwig Theopold of LG 2 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Leutnant Winfried Schmidt of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Major Werner Mölders of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Number of aircraft available for service on this day was 728 with 408 Hurricanes, 240 Spitfires, 56 Blenheims, amd 18 Defiants and 8 Gladiators
26August1940Oberfeldwebel Karl Hier of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberfeldwebel Robert Olejnik of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Hübner of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberleutnant Adolf-Friedrich von Götz of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberleutnant Erich Woitke of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberleutnant Ernst Zobel of LG 1 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Oberleutnant Friedrich-Franz von Cramon of JG 3 shot down a Defiant
26August1940Oberleutnant Heinrich Sannemann of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberleutnant Helmut Bennemann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberleutnant Helmut Kühle of JG 52 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Oberleutnant Helmut Wick of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Oberleutnant Helmut Wick of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Oberleutnant Josef Fözö of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberleutnant Josef Priller of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberleutnant Jost Kipper of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Oberleutnant Karl Westerhoff of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Leesmann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Oberleutnant Lothar Keller of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940Oberleutnant Richard Leppla of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Royal Force Losses today were 28 fighters with 4 pilots and 2 air gunners killed
26August1940Spitfire K9827 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 and force landed. Sergeant Copeland injured.
26August1940Spitfire K9908 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
26August1940Spitfire N3275 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 and crash landed at Eastchurch. Flying Officer St Aubin injured.
26August1940Spitfire P9494 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 and force landed near Portsmouth. Sergeant Boddington injured.
26August1940Spitfire P9496 Mk.Ia , DW-L, - Damaged by Me109s and abandoned over Hawkinge.
26August1940Spitfire R6595 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 over Folkestone and crashed on approach to Hawkinge.
26August1940Spitfire R6632 Mk.Ia - Damaged near Dungeness and force landed. Pilot Officer Walker injured.
26August1940Spitfire R6633 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Dungeness. Pilot Officer Marples injured.
26August1940Spitfire R6701 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 and abandoned near Dungeness.
26August1940Spitfire R6758 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109 near Dungeness. Sergeant Ridley killed.
26August1940Spitfire R6970 Mk.Ia - Damaged on operations.
26August1940Spitfire R7018 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109.
26August1940Spitfire X4023 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 near Portsmouth and completed wheels up landing at Middle Wallop. Pilot Officer Horton ok.
26August1940Spitfire X4187 Mk.Ia - Shot down by Me109. Pilot Officer MacLean injured.
26August1940Spitfire X4188 Mk.Ia - Damaged by Me109 near Bognor Regis and abandoned at sea. Sergeant Babbage parachuted to safety.
26August1940Unteroffizier Ernst Hammerl of ZG 76 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Unteroffizier Josef Keil of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Unteroffizier Konrad Zeller of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Unteroffizier Kurt Gräf of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Unteroffizier Ludwig Obermeier of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Unteroffizier Richard Heller of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
26August1940Unteroffizier Walter Ebert of JG 2 shot down a Hurricane
26August1940total number of 197 patrols involving 828 aircraft.
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 26th August
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
26August1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, (F.A.A.) Pudney of 64 Squadron, was Killed.
26August1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O W. Wright of 604 Squadron, was Killed.
26August1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. G. A. Whipps of 602 Squadron, was Killed.
26August1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. W. J. Carr of 235 Squadron, was Killed.
26August1943Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O H. K. Laycock of 79 & 87 Squadrons, was Killed.

 

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